Before we start the holiday weekend, here’s a quick update on the first weeks of our college season:
Women beat Stanford in season opener
Our women played their first official match against Stanford last weekend and took an important 8-1 win. The match was certainly closer than the scoreline suggests; none of the individual matches were one-sided.
Stanford could actually be one of the top teams this season: They beat #2 ranked Trinity two days after the Harvard match.
Match recap on GoCrimson.com:
Both teams reach Ivy Scrimmage finals
Before the official season started, the Ivies gathered at the Ivy Scrimmages at Yale. Both Harvard men and women reached the finals of the tournament. Our men won against Brown (9-0) and UPenn (8-1) while our women beat Brown and Yale without dropping a match to make the final.
In the final, the men's team lost a nail-biter against Yale. The closest match was played at the #8 position: Senior Matt Roberts took an early lead in the fifth game before losing the decider in the tie-breaker. Yale used the momentum and eventually won the match 5-4.
On the women's side, Harvard lost against a strong UPenn team. The score was 7-2 but many of the matches were very close and could have gone the other way. Additionally, our team was missing Sabrina Sobhy who will most likely play #1 on the ladder.
Based on the scrimmages, both teams will have to rise to the occasion in order to be in contention for the Ivy titles this year.
For the last match before winter break, both teams will travel to New Hampshire to play Dartmouth next Tuesday (Dec 1).
Until then, enjoy the holiday weekend.